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Our Hotel
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About Our Hotel

A Hotel With A Story to Tell

Once the grounds of a menhaden fishery, the Beaufort Hotel is now a modern haven of relaxed elegance nestled on the waterfront. Here, days are savored, not rushed through; quiet moments are indulged in, and big ones are joyfully celebrated. Both the perfect gateway to Beaufort and a destination in its own right, to be here is to be given the chance to exhale. To unwind. To enjoy.

History Timeline
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The Origins of Fish Town

Though it was officially established in 1709, the history of North Carolina’s third-oldest town begins long before then. Native Americans had been fishing these waters for hundreds of years before the first European settlers arrived in the late 1600s. Beaufort was originally called “Fish Town” during the 1600s for that very reason—fishing and seafaring had always been the industry that Beaufort had depended on to survive.

Menhaden Madness

By the 1890s, Beaufort had become synonymous with Menhaden, a small herring-like fish that fertilized crops and produced valuable oil used for paints, lamps, and animal feed. As the fishing industry ramped up in post-Civil War Beaufort, the smell of menhaden became a near-permanent fixture in town. “The smell of money,” locals called it.

Time for Tourism

Through the 1960s, menhaden fishing would continue to flourish, with four of seven major reduction factories in North Carolina operating in Beaufort alone. By the 70s, however, competition from foreign sources and a reduction in fish populations caused the industry to begin to dwindle—just as tourism began to rise. Vacationers and retirees from inland cities and northern states had started to take notice of Beaufort; the waterfront’s allure remained, but Beaufort had begun a new era.

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About Beaufort, NC

Welcome to Hungry Town

Fishermen, shipbuilders, and seafarers have always been attracted to this quaint coastal town, whose nautical allure continues to captivate even today. The town’s charm lies primarily in its ties to the past—take your time strolling through streets lined with historic homes, a 18th-century graveyard shrouded in live oak, and the state’s oldest wood-framed courthouse to see what we mean.

Hotel Highlights
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EV Charging Stations
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Complimentary Shuttle to Downtown Beaufort
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Bicycle Rentals
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Golf Cart Rentals
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Fitness Center
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Swimming Pool
(Open Seasonally)

Carteret County’s First
Full-Service Green Hotel

The NC GreenTravel initiative was created to recognize businesses in North Carolina’s travel industry who have established environmental stewardship. We’re proud to have received the highest sustainability score of the 80+ lodging establishments recognized through this initiative. We are also LEED certified and proud members of the Green Power Partnership and Green Hotel Global programs.

  • Electric Car Chargers
  • Biodegradable Shower Amenities
  • Guestroom Recycling
  • LED Lighting
  • Plant-Based Laundry Detergent
  • Water-Conservation Conscious Cleaning & Landscaping
  • Optional Linen Service


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Being Neighborly

We may be young, but our roots are firmly anchored in Beaufort’s close-knit local community. Everything in Beaufort works best when we work together, from partnerships with local attraction operators to events designed, first and foremost, to cater to our own neighbors. 

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Picture Yourself

Picture yourself kayaking down Taylor’s Creek, or cruising down its gentle waters as you make your way towards the scenic barrier islands. Get a taste of what you can expect at the Beaufort Hotel with our live webcam, and start planning what you’ll want to do first. 

We Can Help With That
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Self Serve Laundry

Our commercial coin-operated laundry machines are convenient and accessible 24 hours a day by key card. Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are available at The Marketplace.

Concierge Services

Our front desk staff is on-hand to ensure the highest level of service. We’ll help arrange reservations to local attractions, recommend all the best restaurants, and more. For assistance, please contact the front desk at 252-728-3000 for additional information.

  • Ferry Service to Islands
  • Full Day Golf Cart Rentals
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Restaurant Recommendations & Reservations

The Marketplace

Grab-and-go options from sunscreen and soda to your next favorite beach read abound at The Marketplace, a convenience store available 24 hours a day.